Comparison between the cut US VHS (PG-13) and the uncut original Japanese version taken from the British Special Collector's Edition by Manga Entertainment.
Original Japanese Version:
Run time: 101:38 (excluding end credits: 96:28)
Run time: 98:11 (excluding end credits: 95:13)
US VHS (PG-13):
Run time: 94:30 (including end credits: 97:37)
Run time: 98:45 (excluding end credits: 95:47)
Run time: 90:47 (including ending credits: 86:50)
The soundtrack of the cut versions differ from one of the Japanese version. The international versions feature rock music by artists such as Alice in Chains, Korn, Silverchair and KMFDM. The soundtrack of the original version, however, is much more calm and melancholic, so that a whole different feeling is conveyed during the fights.
Change of names
Outside Japan, the names of three characters were interchanged. The reason is that the name of the boxer M. Bison is a reference to the internationally renowned boxer Mike Tyson. To avoid a civil lawsuit and criminal proceedings, the name was changed to Balrog. Subsequently, the other names were interchanged as well. In this censorship report, the internationally known names are used.
1x longer logos on the US VHS (+26.68 sec.)
3x re-inserted footage
30 cuts (141.16 sec.) = 114.48 sec.
The remaining run time difference results from shorter framecuts on the US VHS.
Intro by Glogcke & Forrest
Time index: US VHS (PG-13) / Japanese version (contained on the UK DVD)
The US VHS shows several logos at the beginning. The Japanese version directly starts with the CAPCOM logo.
The credits were translated for the US VHS. The Japanese version can be subtitled optionally.
No difference in time
The US VHS misses a short moment in which Ryu hits Sagat bloodily in the face with a Tornado Whirlwind Kick.
Ryu injures Sagat on the chest with his final blow, a Dragon Punch. Sagat collapses backwards to the ground. This very gory scene was removed. The last shot shows the moment when the PG-13 version sets in again. The picture was zoomed, so that the blood splatters cannot be seen on the picture margin.
Sagat lies bleeding on the ground, the hand on his wound.
From above, one sees Ryu and Sagat who still lies on the ground.
PG-13: 2.72 sec.
Uncut: 3.76 sec.
While in the uncut version, the viewer sees the bleeding Sagat through Ryu's legs, the previous close-up view of Sagat is repeated in the cut version.
Sagat runs towards Ryu. Naturally, the wound on his body is visible again.
The title fade-ins differ.
No difference in time
Ryu headbutts his opponent. Here, the scene stops earlier. The Japanese version shows that the fighter bloodily lost a tooth as a result.
Ryu and Feilong walk towards the "camera" some longer.
When they part company, the US VHS stops earlier.
One sees Ryu walking off some longer.
Feilong gazes after him longer.
In the Japanese version there is an additional short view of Ryu and the street girl looking at the spilled milk.
A close-up of the little girl.
Another close-up view is missing.
The girl's mother can be seen longer.
Ryu walks through the alley longer.
The police injure the assassin's leg.
When the Shadowlaw terrorist shoots on the assassin in the limousine, the gory hits are missing on the VHS.
They continue shooting on the man. Caused by the impact of the bullets, the man spins around.
The hit of Dee Jay's kick was removed on the VHS.
Blanka bites Zankief in the shoulder two times. Blood splashes about.
From a view of the houses, the picture cross-fades to Chin Li taking a shower. One can see her bottom.
The beginning of the tracking shot over Chun Li's body is missing. Her nude bottom can be seen again.
The camera slowly pans through Chun Li's flat. Then one sees her showering again. This time her breasts are visible. Then the camera moves further trough her rooms and stops at the shower. One can see her from outside. Subsequently, the camera pans back again.
A short close-up of Vega injuring Chun Li on the chest with the blades, is missing.
PG-13: 0.48 sec.
Uncut: 0.96 sec.
While a milder scene, which was seen shortly before, is shown mirror-invertedly on the cut VHS (Vega kicking Chun Li in the face), one sees Chun Li's face being wounded by Vega's blades in the uncut version.
Vega's bloody blades are visible. Subsequently, Chun Li stands up. Her arm and face are bleeding. She touches her cheek and looks at her bloody hand. Then Vega licks her blood off the blades.
At this point, the cut VHS is longer. Already shown footage was re-inserted again. One sees Chun Li, staring at the blood on her hand, followed by a short shot of Vega.
A short, gory scene of the fight was removed again. Chun Li falls against the wall and Vega injures her back.
After Chun Li has lost consciousness, Guille tries to wake her up longer.
In the uncut version, Ken drives through the night much longer. Then Bison's plane appears on the sky. Subsequently, one can shortly see Ken in his car again, before the cut version sets in again. (The footage is very dark, so that hardly anything is visible.)
After the conversation with Sagat, Bison leaves the room. Balrog follows him. Then one sees Sagat poising alone next to Bison's chair.
During the long tracking shot over the mountains of Thailand, the Japanese version runs some longer.
The closing credits of the PG-13 VHS run down faster.